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A Socially Distanced Performance Hug for Philadelphia

The Beardmobile is a big, gay mobile performance unit, glitterfully outfitted for socially-distanced performances and political actions. We're taking it out on the road for a Love Tour with truck stops around the city. Each performance is curated by a slew of amazing Philly-based artists and organizations and hosted by a rotating roster of of Beards' hosts including Brett Robinson, Eric Jaffe, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Sam Rise, Cookie Diorio, Jess Conda, and John Jarboe.

START YOUR ENGINES
6:30pm, May 2 @ Bartram's North
An evening of dance and song with dancer, choreographer, and instructor Virgil Gadson of So You Think You Can Dance and America's Best Dance Crew fame. Featuring Denise King and Emily Bate. Hosted by Eric Jaffe.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/151262250463

GLORIA CASAREZ SALON
5pm, May 6 @ Gloria Casarez Residence.
This open mic showcases the myriad talents of the residents of the Gloria Casarez Residence, a queer-friendly home for young people. Hosted by Sam Rise. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gloria-casarez-salon-tickets-152870659257

DRAG MOTHER'S DAY
6:30pm, May 9 @ Love City Brewing Company
Bring all your mamas and daddies and guardians out for this special show celebrating queer family! Hosted by Eric Jaffe and Jess Conda with special guest Messapotamia Lefae.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/151262940527

LOVE JAWNS
8pm, May 13 @ Friends of Vernon Park
Philadelphia Contemporary and Yolanda Wisher present the Love Jawns: A Mixtape podcast in live space with poetry, music, and performance. Featuring Ursula Rucker, DJ Junior, and films by WREN RENÉ. Hosted by Anthony Martinez-Briggs.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/151263947539

BLACK FEMME MAGIC
2pm, May 15 @ Bartram's Garden (North)
An entire afternoon curated by LaNeshe Miller-White devoted to Black Femme Magic! With Noelle Diane Johnson, Karen Smith, and Caitlin Green. Hosted by @CookieDiorio.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/151264188259

THE ART OF RESILIENCY
5:30pm, May 19 @ Cherry Street Pier
An evening with Opera Philly's all-city youth choir, T-VOCE, a choral program that builds community and strengthens teens’ self-identity through music. Hosted by Cookie Diorio.

TAK KENAL MAKA TAK SAYANG
5pm, May 22 @ Fleisher Art Memorial
Sinta Storms and Modero & Company offer an evening of Indonesian Dance, Gamelan, and poetry all devoted to the saying: Tak Kenal Maka Tak Sayang (translation: To Know Is To Love). Walk-up only!

THE LOVE TOUR HOST SHOW
6pm, May 27 @ Bartram's Garden (North)
The Beardmobile takes a pit stop to celebrate our amazing hosts with John Jarboe, Cookie Diorio, Eric Jaffe, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Sam Rise, and Jess Conda. An evening of songs and bad truck puns. Hosted by the Hosts!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/149762701271

UNITY DAY AT THE SKATEPARK
2pm, May 29th @ East Poplar Rec Center
Join us for a queer skate day as we celebrating Asian Arts Initiative's Unity at the Initiative with live music and performance. Hosted by Sam Rise. https://secure.givelively.org/event/asian-arts-initiative/fy2021-public-programming/queer-skate-day

Coming Soon

Performances originally scheduled for Spring with Vox Populi and the Moon Baby, Spiral Q, Dain Saint, ILL DOOTS, PARC/East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, the Wilma Portable Studio and FringeArts have been moved to the fall. Check back for more information soon!

Land Acknowledgement

As we absorb the physical space we are in, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the history of this land and the original people of this land. While I talk about this history and share this Land Acknowledgement written by Trinity Norwood, Citizen of The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation, just take a moment to breathe, look around, and take in the surroundings. Before Philadelphia was the city we know and love today, this land was known as “Lenapehoking( Lun-nah-pay-hawk-ing)” or Land of the Lenape. The Lenape are the indigenous people of what is modern-day Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the southern tip of New York. Through genocide, relocations, the Indian Boarding School era, and continued systematic erasure the Lenape people have persevered and live on as modern-day sovereign nations. We recognize their legacy that has been soaked into the very ground we stand on right now. And we acknowledge the intergenerational connection to this legacy that we all share as the descendants to the immigrants of this land. Although this history is heavy, the future is filled with hope. As part of this practice of acknowledgement we will be giving 10%/or $100 (of all donations made) at Beardmobile events to We Are The Seeds, a local and national organization that celebrates and educates about contemporary Indigenous arts and culture. You can connect to their work @wearetheseeds.org.

Other websites to check out are: Indigenous Peoples Day Philly (https://ipdphilly.org/), the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation of NJ (https://nlltribe.com/), and the National Congress of the American Indian (https://www.ncai.org/)

production information

Hosts

Anthony Martinez-Briggs
Brett Robinson
Cookie Diorio
Eric Jaffe
Jess Conda
John Jarboe
Sam Rise

Musicians

Music Director Heath Allen
Drums: Jimmy Coleman

Josh Machiz: (Bass)
Jordan McCree: Musician for Anthony Martinez-Briggs
Jonathan W. Whitney: Backup Drummer

Crew

John Jarboe: Director
Cat Ramirez: Line Producer

You-Shin Chen: Set Designer
Cha See: Lighting Designer
Elizabeth Atkinson: Sound Designer
Joy Taney: Scenic Painter
Rebecca Kanach: Costume Designer (masks and Jarboe costumes)
Jamel Baker: Stage Manager

Calvin Anderson: Production Manager
Keighty McLallen: Assoc. Production Manager
Crys Clem: COVID Accountability Partner
Carl(os) Roa: COVID Accountability Partner
Cinder Kuss: COVID Accountability Partner
Marty Maynard: Front of House
Evelyn (Swift) Shuker: Truck Engineer- Lighting
Jacks Katz: Truck Engineer- Lighting
Chris Sannino: Truck Engineer- Sound
Taylor Jedlinski: Truck Engineer- Sound
Nicholas Rahn: Truck Engineer- Sound
Philly Scenic Works: Truck Fabricators